Panther Nation Newsletter

September 3, 2021

A Message from our Principal

Panthers -


Congratulations everyone! We've made it through our first two full weeks of school. Things are moving along nicely and everyone's settling in well. A week from now, we'll begin posting our first set of grades and students will begin to get a sense of where they stand academically.


As well, when we turn the calendar page to Monday the 13th, we'll begin our first week of PowerLunch. Remember, to be eligible for the extended lunch time (30 minutes), students must have a clean grade slate with zero NY's on their card. Otherwise, we want students to be using that extra 150 minutes per week getting caught up on their missing classwork.


Speaking of lunch, our shift to one lunch period has been remarkably effective. I know it's a bit of an adjustment period, but our kitchen staff, custodial staff and supervisory staff have really stepped up and made the transition a good one. Parents may be hearing that students have a long wait in a lunch line, but the fact is that everyone who's in line has been served with a minimum of 15 minutes remaining in the lunch period. We've opened up a secondary "ala-carte" window for convenience, and that's cut wait times down significantly.


We have seating for 320 at tables and capacity for quite a few more in the three areas of our commons. That's more seating than we're serving. Many students choose to eat outside during these warm weather months. And others work out ahead of time to eat in our library or with a teacher who's providing extra tutoring sessions. Students ordering lunch for delivery at the school, remember that deliveries should be met by the student at the driveway of PantherWay. Delivery personnel will not be allowed to "drop off" deliveries nor will they be allowed into our campus.


We want you all to enjoy the Labor Day Weekend. Take an extra day of rest and relaxation, we'll see you on Tuesday. Have a great weekend.


Mr. Burr

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WPHS Coach of the Week

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Visit our FACEBOOK or INSTAGRAM page to learn all about Mr. Schoudel, our WPHS Cross COuntry coach

Athletic Stats for the Week

Volleyball

Close games on Tuesday against Pine Creek. The ladies fought hard.

Thursday night was another loss for our Lady Panthers, but not won they gave away easily.

Keep an eye on Sydney Roshek. Currently she is leading the team in digs with 70, aces, with 18, and her serve receive has been exceptional.


Softball

Panthers won 16-6 against TCA early in the week. Great showing ladies!

They were not able to claim another W on Thursday, with a tough loss to Mesa Ridge. We believe in you Panthers!


Golf

Had a great showing on Wednesday . So far we are leading the league and once again showing the region that we know how own the course when we play.


Soccer

Thursday night our Men's team went up against Elizabeth. Though the numbers were not in our favor, the coaches report the team played one of their best games, physically and mentally. Their training came through and they gave their all for every minute. Cayden Howard, Ryder James, and Ben Galvin showed exceptional strength and progress.

Way to go Panthers!


Football

A hard loss against Elizabeth on Thursday. The team is working hard on the field and off, focusing on community services and academics.

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WPHS Activities Sponsor of the Week

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Visit our FACEBOOK or INSTAGRAM page to learn all about Mrs. Stone, our WPHS Knowledge Bowl Sponsor

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Learning happens in ALL kinds of ways at WPHS

Many people today see high school students on devices all day long, and fear they are only "learning from computers" during the school day. At WPHS, that is just not the case. Yes, Students in grades 9 and 10 use the REAL platform to access resources, lessons and activities. And yes, we use the Google classroom in all of our classes to post assignments, information, announcements and resources. Real learning happens each and every day, through hands on and collaborative experiences throughout WPHS.


Last week we featured Mrs. Orellana's Graphic Design class outside with chalk creating positive messages. This week, Mr. Owen shared a look into his Calculus and Integrated Math 3 classes. Calculus students, using bowling balls and a ramp, learned to determine the instantaneous velocity of said bowling ball. While in Integrated Math, Mr. Owen was purposeful about teaching students how to work in collaborative groups and allowed them time for fun practice.



Academic Tenacity

Curiosity

Purpose

Sense of Belonging



The Habits of Success in action in our classrooms every day!


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Important information regarding Free and Reduced meal benefits

Any families needing to apply for Free & Reduced meal benefits can do so via the District website (pictured below) wpsdk12.org.


While first breakfasts and lunches are free this school-year, a completed application may help families reduce or eliminate other school-related fees.

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